12/5: Cynne Simpson, Gene Norman leaving WGCL
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
WGCL-TV has lost two of its more popular on-air personalites, evening anchor/reporter Cynne Simpson and meteorologist Gene Norman. Simpson has been there for three years. Norman has been at the station a relatively long time, arriving in 2000. The CBS affiliate, which is just getting over the Cari Champion “mothersucka” firing, had stabilized management and staff the past two years after several years of turnover.
No word on where Simpson is going. Subscription-only NewsBlues reports that Norman is moving to Fox affiliate KRIV-26 in Houston to be that station’s primary meteorologist. (NewsBlues on Thursday said it erred. Norman is actually going to the CBS affiliate KHOU-11 in Houston.)
In a memo sent to employees Tuesday, news director Rick Erbach wrote:
I regret to announce the resignation of two key and beloved members of the CBS 46 News family.
CBS 46 News anchor/reporter Cynne’ Simpson and Chief Meteorologist Gene Norman have accepted new jobs outside of Atlanta.
Cynne’ is leaving us for an exciting new position. She will make her announcement by the end of the week.
Gene is also leaving to pursue an opportunity. He’ll make his announcement by the end of the year.
I can’t thank Cynne’ and Gene enough for all of their hard work and enthusiasm. Both are professionals and great people. They will be dearly missed. While I would like to see them stay, their new career opportunities will provide them with new challenges and rewards. We all appreciate their dedication and their never ending parade of public appearances.
Cynne’s last day with us is December 7th and Gene will be staying through the Holidays. His last day will be January 18th.
Again, we thank both for their accomplishments and their passion. We are a better station today because of their efforts
Here’s Cynne’s bio on WGCL
She is one of the youngest major market evening news anchors in the country. Cynne graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Spanish. While in college, Ted Koppel was so impressed with her ability to report in English and Spanish, he selected her for a semester fellowship with ABC News Nightline. Cynne is a native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, but grew up in Sacramento, California. She has also lived in Spain and Costa Rica as an exchange student.
Here’s Gene’s bio on WGCL..
For Gene, there is nothing more interesting than the way a really good thunderstorm can crackle through the sky, shaking the windows and turning night to day. He arrived in Atlanta to cover the city’s historic Ice Storm in 2000.